Thursday, November 5, 2009

Is The NRSC Starting To See The Light? NRSC: No Money For Contested Primaries

Well it looks like the National Republican Senatorial Committee NRSC may have read the tea leaves of NY-23 and has come around to sanity.

From The Note: 

"We will not spend money in a contested primary," Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told ABC News in a telephone interview today.
"There's no incentive for us to weigh in," said Cornyn, R-Texas. "We have to look at our resources. . . . We're not going to throw money into a [primary] race leading up to the election."
Cornyn said his pledge extends to races for open Senate seats -- not incumbents who may face primaries next year. The NRSC so far has endorsed candidates in four open Senate seats -- Florida, Missouri, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
Cornyn's commitment is most immediately relevant in Florida, where the NRSC's candidate, Gov. Charlie Crist, is facing an aggressive challenge on his right from state House Speaker Marco Rubio. 

Call me a cynic but I think the NRSC simply did the math. It would be too expensive to defend all their RINO choices across the board. So they will only defend incumbent RINOs. Quite frankly I don’t think they should spend On Red Cent on Snow, Collins or Lindsey Graham.

Cornyn had this to say about the pending clash between Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist: 

Cornyn had praise for Rubio, and said he's sure that he would win the general election if he gets past Crist in the primary. Cornyn said he's confident that -- unlike in upstate New York -- Republicans will settle their differences in the primary.
"The first lesson is that competitive primaries are generally a good thing," Cornyn said. "To me, that's the overarching lesson to be learned out of the 23rd. When 11 people get behind closed doors and pick the nominee ... the grassroots are going to find an alternative."
Cornyn said the NRSC is only endorsing in races where -- like in Crist's case -- the candidate specifically requests its stamp of approval. He said that -- notwithstanding any endorsements -- his group would even offer advice on hiring and strategy to GOP challengers, like Rubio, who haven't been endorsed. 

First I am glad to hear that  Cornyn understands that the “grassroots” are fairly capable of finding alternatives. However, I get much dismay about that “specifically requests an endorsement jazz”.  Correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t ever remember Rubio being given the opportunity to ask.

For now, I am just going to say that the NRSC is taking steps in the right direction. I am still not freeing up any cash for them or the GOP for that matter. I am going to stick with supporting individual candidates who I see supporting conservative principles like Sarah Palin, Doug Hoffman, Marco Rubio, Michele Bachmann and Les Philips.

Via: The Note

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